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Baxenden Community Forum

LATEST NEWS - Hollins Woodland Way

Baxenden Community Forum are happy to announce the success of their most recent venture, ‘Hollins Woodland Way’ for which they have obtained over £15,000 to surface the paths in Hollins Wood, behind Hollins School.  They have received a grant from Biffa Award of £7.750 and also £7,500 from the Windfall Fund. 

The Forum have been working with both the Wildlife Trust and Hyndburn Borough Council Trees Officer over the past eight months to secure this funding.  The footpath runs through the woods which were created many years ago and which is now quite a mature woodland.  The woodland is used daily by many local people walking their dogs and also occasionally by the Baxenden ‘Stepping Out’ group.  It provides access not only to Woodnook Vale Nature Reserve but also to the newly created ‘Jubilee Woodlands’. It has been maintained to a certain extend by Baxenden Community Forum and more recently by Wildlife Trust Volunteers. 

Sheila McVan says:  “ the Forum noticed that it has become increasingly muddy and dangerous over the past few years and so decided to apply for funding”.  This work will be starting shortly and may cause some access problems, but hopefully the end result will mean a durable sustainable surface accessible in all weather.


Since Baxenden Community Forum was set up in 1996, it's member have been involved in environmental projects in the area such as litter-picks and footpath maintenance, mainly on the Baxenden Jubilee Walk, which was created by the Panel.

The Forum has also worked in partnership with other local groups and organisations such as Baxenden Primary School and Hollins Technology College. Students from the Primary School were invited to make bird and bat boxes which were then installed along Woodnook Vale, Baxenden. Students from the Hollins made the distinctive Jubilee Walk waymarkers that can be seen aroung Baxenden.

As a result of the Community Appraisal in 2005, the Forum made the decision to concentrate on maintaining existing projects whilst continuing their fundraising efforts for the proposed community centre.

More recently, the group have helped to create 4 living willow scupltures along Woodnook Vale which change appearance from season to season. You can see two willow seats, a screen and a willow arbour.

Check the 'Panel Meetings' page for all PROSPECTS Panel meetings that are happening in Hyndburn.

Take a look at our projects:

Willow Weaving

Baxenden Jubilee Walk